Bastrop is looking for offensive production after losing its two main scorers from last season.
Defense has been the Bastrop Lady Rams' calling card for so long, it seems a little strange that second-year coach Gerline Guillaume's main concern this summer is offense.
By no means has Guillaume abandoned the defensive-first philosophy. The sudden emphasis on offense was born of necessity.
Bastrop is missing only two seniors from last season. However, guards Javia Kennedy and Casual Williams carried the team offensively. With the bulk of the scoring gone, the Lady Rams are searching for an offensive identity.
In Wednesday's 28-25 Sterlington Team Camp victory over Union Parish, the Lady Rams hardly attempted a shot from beyond the six-foot range.
"Something we need to work on is our outside shooting," Guillaume said. "This is really my first year with the summer program here. I didn't realize that a lot of teams play man-to-man in the summer. We put more focus on our zone offense. Right now, I'm trying to teach them how to run the lanes and the fast break, and to look at different options."
Kennedy and Williams both had the ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as slash to the basket. Besides their offensive production, they provided a veteran presence on the floor.
"Last year, we had two veteran guards who knew how to get everybody in place," Guilluame said. "We're working on our ball-handling and shooting as well as our inside-out game. We need more reps, especially in going to the left. I have seen a lot of improvement, but there is still a lot to work on. I just have to be patient."
Bastrop has good size up front, but needs more consistency in finishing around the basket.
"Our young post players are doing really well," Guillaume said. "One of the things I have been stressing to the guards is to make the extra pass. It's just going to take them some time to develop."
Guillaume is also hoping to use the summer as a team-building tool.
"I don't know if you can teach team chemistry, but we are trying to get everybody on the same page," she said.
Bastrop trailed 25-20 against Union at the two-minute mark, but closed out the game with an 8-0 run.
Destiny Neblett and Tiffany Washington both scored two buckets apiece to spark the comeback.
Neblett's driving layup and Tiffany Washington's jumper from the paint brought the Lady Rams within 25-24 with one minute to play.
Tiffany Washington then converted a steal into a layup for the go-ahead basket before Neblett wrapped up the scoring with another layup.
Bastrop suited up only seven players with six contributing to the scoring. Martianna Johnson paved the way with eight points, Cynthia Washington and Neblett accounted for six apiece, Tiffany Washington supplied four, and Mia Hardin and Jaleya Peoples two each. Also seeing action for the Lady Rams in the camp was TyDeijah Minnieweather.
For Union, Makayla Ferguson led all scorers with nine.
Bastrop went 1-2 in the camp with losses to Homer and Sterlington in Tuesday's play.
Along with Sterlington, the Lady Rams have competed in team camps at Ouachita and West Ouachita.
Bastrop has played short-handed throughout the summer.
"We have some working and some traveling and playing AAU," Guillaume said. "We have had seven to nine players for most of the summer."
Destiny Cephus, Chyberia Wilson and Hardin are playing for AAU teams.
Guillaume said the Lady Rams will continue to play Thursday night league games at Richwood throughout the summer.